Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

Give the gift of the Zoo, where no two experiences are ever the same!

Wrap some adventure with Zoo memberships or classes filled with discovery. You can also adopt a favorite Zoo animal in someone's name. With a present from the Zoo, your loved ones get to open packages that open opportunities for education and delight. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact our Guest Services Department at (402) 733-8401.


Save on future visits and wildlife by giving the gift of an Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium membership, available in levels suitable for various households!

Annual Memberships

Give an online gift membership for your household or a family that is near and dear to you. Similar to a generic gift card, the online gift membership card is purchased for a specific membership price level (e.g. household membership).

Your online gift membership card will be emailed to you as a PDF that you can print out or forward to the recipient via email. The recipient redeems their online gift membership at Guest Services, located at the main entrance of the Zoo, on their first visit to receive their permanent membership card and begin enjoying 12 months of member benefits.

When purchasing an Online Gift Membership, you are allowing your recipient to decide when their memberships begins.

Gift memberships not purchased online begin on the date of purchase and are valid for new members or from current membership expiration date for renewal members. If you prefer to purchase your gift in person, call (402) 733-8401 or visit the Zoo’s Guest Services Office. The office is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily from November 1 - March 14 and from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily from March 15 - October 31. The office is closed on Christmas Day.

Gift memberships purchased by phone can be mailed to the gift buyer or gift recipient. Gift Memberships purchased at the Guest Services Office will be given to the gift buyer at time of purchase.

Purchase a Gift Membership

Patron Memberships

Through a patron membership, you give an invaluable gift to yourself, your family, the community and to all the amazing, awe-inspiring creatures that roam within the Zoo's boundaries. Review the different patron membership levels below and be a zooporter today!

Purchase a Patron Membership

Education Programs

Give the gift of a Zoo adventure this holiday season! Through our many educational experiences, there are plenty of ways for children of all ages, adults or the entire family to get out there and explore the Zoo year-round.

Programs and Camps

Sign up for your next Zoo adventure! Through our Zoo Troop programs and Day Camps, you will have a wild time learning all about animals and conservation. Programs are for children of all ages, as well as families and even adults!

Purchase One As a Gift

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Sleeping Bag Safaris

Spend the night and see the Zoo in a different light! Sleeping Bag Safaris are overnight programs where guests spend the night at the Zoo to experience exhibits after-hours. Program includes conservation topics and games, paid admission, the overnight stay, evening and morning hikes, snack and a free day at the Zoo.

Sleeping Bag Safaris are available year-round. Children must be at least 4 years old, and 1 adult is required to attend with every 10 youth. Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance. All safaris run 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Make Reservations

Contact our Education Department at (402)738-2056 or for more information.


Backstage Experiences

Grab a few Backstage Passes for a guided tour behind the scenes of your favorite exhibit or sign a friend or family member up for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with our animal care staff during a Keeper Experience. All Backstage Experiences can be reserved by contacting our Education Department at (402) 738-2092 or by clicking the link below.

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Become a ZooParent

Looking for the gift that keeps on giving? Surprise a loved one and show your appreciation for wildlife by making them a ZooMama or ZooDaddy this holiday season! When you or a loved one become a ZooParent through symbolic adoption, your donation supports the Zoo in providing exceptional care to all of our animal residents. Packages range from $25 to $1,000 and include a variety of fun and exciting benefits. Don't delay and adopt today!

Become a ZooParent

Gift Cards

Wanting to stuff those stockings with tickets for Zoo admission, rides passes, a showing to the Lozier Giant Screen Theater or entry to Stingray Beach? Maybe some spare cash for concessions and gift shop merchandise? Or maybe you just simply can't decide? Look no further than a Zoo gift card, customizable for any amount! 

Purchase a digital gift card below. If you prefer a physical gift card instead, please visit Guest Services, located at the main entrance of the Zoo, or contact our team at (402) 733-8401 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily (with the exception of Christmas Day) for assistance.

Get a Digital Gift Card

Zoo Merchandise

On your next visit to the Zoo, swing by our Main Gift Shop, located at the main entrance, to shop our unique selection of gift items. There's something for everyone! Stuffed animals and apparel. Animal paintings, magnets and postcards. Books and calendars. Wine bottle holders and home decor, holiday ornaments and more. Open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily with the exception of Christmas Day.